Artists Recovering From Addiction Find Sanctuary at Newcastle Cathedral

Posted on: August 13th, 2019

Artists in Recovery, a North East based Community Interest Company, curate events featuring the work of artists in recovery from addiction.

This month sees the group’s second exhibition at Newcastle Cathedral open to the public, and the last before a major programme of redevelopment and refurbishment begins later in the year.

The exhibition consists of dozens of pieces of work by 13 artists who are all recovering from addiction to drugs or alcohol. The art, which includes painting, illustration, photography, sculpture and mixed media pieces, is spread throughout the Cathedral, inviting people to walk through the building and consider the work in a serene and beautiful setting.

The event also provides opportunities for those seeking information or advice regarding addiction. Volunteer guides will be available for questions during the exhibition and can signpost those who are suffering or worried about a loved one to community groups and projects aimed at recovery from addiction.

Cathedral staff have been both enthusiastic and accommodating in allowing AiR to make use of the incredible space they have at their disposal. They understand that addiction is a substantial problem in the North East and hope that by collaborating with AiR they can raise the profile of recovery and orient the Cathedral at the center of significant issues affecting their community.

Mark Anderson, founder of Artists in Recovery, says: “We hope that our exhibitions will help the involved artists find an outlet for their work and the opportunity to learn, grow and recover through their engagement in the process.”

“We hope too that AiR carries a message of hope to anybody seeking recovery from addiction, showcasing as it does inspirational examples of the achievements of people whose lives have been blighted by addiction and are now in positive, active recovery.”

For more information please visit: or contact Mark Anderson, Founder and Director, Artists in Recovery, on 07494 117637 or